Your chance to apply to a £3.8m pot to help rural businesses in Lancashire grow

January 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

Your chance to apply to a £3.8m pot to help rural businesses in Lancashire grow

Lancashire County Council has announced the funding of £3.8m as the next stage of the Lancashire LEADER programme 2015-2020.

It can support activities such as business development, farming, rural services, culture and heritage, and forestry, and can be used to buy equipment and fund business expansion – as long as projects involve business growth, job creation or both.

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of the council, said: "We're calling on rural businesses and groups to apply for this funding that will help them to create new jobs and boost the local economy.

"We've previously supported a wide range of rural companies and organisations across the county, and want to help more this time around.

"The current round of funding closes towards the end of January, so people are encouraged to apply straight away."

Farmyard Ales at Cockerham, near Lancaster, is one of the businesses to have benefited already.

It received 40 per cent funding towards the building of a new micro-brewery, which will create five jobs once open. Another beneficiary is Box Tree Farm, at Wennington in the Lune Valley.

To find out more contact Karen Lawrenson on 01772 538797, Louise Kite on 01772 534134, or email ruralfunding@lancashire.gov.uk.